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Definition of conspicuous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

conspicuous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//kənˈspɪkjuəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈspɪkjuəs//
 
 
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  • easy to see or notice; likely to attract attention Mary's red hair always made her conspicuous at school. I felt very conspicuous in my new car. The advertisements were all posted in a conspicuous place. The event was a conspicuous success (= a very great one). Bay windows are a conspicuous feature of his architecture. opposite inconspicuous
  • Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin conspicuus (from conspicere ‘look at attentively’, from con- (expressing intensive force) + spicere ‘look at’) + -ous.Extra examples Its yellow skin makes it highly conspicuous. The new building was rather conspicuous. The stain on her dress was horribly conspicuous. Mary’s red hair always made her conspicuous at school. The advertisements were all posted in conspicuous places. The event was a conspicuous success. The meeting went well but Nigel was conspicuous by his absence.Idioms
    conspicuous by your absence
     
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    not present in a situation or place, when it is obvious that you should be there When it came to cleaning up afterwards, Anne was conspicuous by her absence.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: conspicuous